Force Touch Activator

A new jailbreak tweak called Force Touch Activator was recently released on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it lets users on older hardware running iOS 8 mimic the 3D Touch effect that’s headlining the launch of the iPhone 6s.

Real 3D Touch requires a pressure sensitive screen, which is a part of the new hardware found in the new iPhone 6s. Older hardware, like the iPhone 6, lacks the pressure sensitive screen, so jailbreak tweak developers have to look for unique ways to try to bring similar functionality to older devices.

I’ll be honest and say that Force Touch Activator is pretty much nothing like 3D Touch—you don’t have the nuanced sensitivity levels, you don’t have haptic feedback, and most importantly, you lack a true pressure sensitive screen—but it’s an interesting tweak for jailbreakers to try nonetheless. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside, and see for yourself.

Once you install Force Touch Activator, you’ll need to open up the Settings app and configure an Activator action to mate with the “Force Touch” gesture. Once you do, you can invoke your action from anywhere on the screen using a simulated 3D Touch.

Force Touch Activator works by sensing the change in radius of your finger when pressing the screen. When you tap the screen lightly, less of your finger is touching the display. When you perform a firmer press, more of your finger is touching the display, which Force Touch Activator is able to sense.

Again, you don’t actually need to press firmly on the display, it just has to sense that more of your finger is touching the display that it normally would with a regular touch. For that reason, I found that simply rolling your finger on the screen was a good way to invoke Force Touch Activator.

Force Touch Activator is a clever tweak, but it’s limited in scope. Users are only able to pair one Activator action with the mimicked gesture, so usability is limited.

If you want to try Force Touch Activator on your jailbroken device, you can do so today. Just head over to the BigBoss repo where it can be downloaded for free.

What do you think?

  • Jonathan

    Impressive. I wish I could have multiple assignments so that it’s different depending on what I’m touching. Very neat tweak though!

  • 40niners

    I have massive fingers, won’t this get activated no matter how I touch my screen?

    • Jonathan

      In the video, he said that it measures the amount of change of finger size on the screen. So it may still work.

      • I think that how it works on the new phones too they just show it differently with the photos and explanations lol. The newer hardware is much better at detecting it but it should work about the same. Hopefully we get those livephotos too lol.

      • Merman123

        Nope the display actually senses force. No matter how thin the object pressing it is. Try it on your apple watch.

      • Tried. multiple times lol. The displays and glass don’t flex and ripple like what they show.

      • Merman123

        Well no of course not. That would be a problem lol it’s a thin layer under the screen. The dramatization is just there to give you a visual of how it works.

      • Yea to an extant lol.

      • BuBubbi

        It actually does.
        But it’s not something you can feel.
        We’re talking nanometers here and the sensor can detect that.

      • flex yes ripple no, and yes thats why i said the new hardware is way better at detecting whatever it is detecting lol.

      • James

        the new phones are not “better” at detecting force: they detect it; the old phones do not.

      • Yes old digitizers still have the capability of doing so in a sense because of a thin to wide diameter of a press. Laptops track pads were capable of this for a long time and so can the old touchscreens, no company utilizes it though.

    • Judging from your avi it would seem you would have tiny fingers.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    I liked the rolling finger gesture. Makes me feel like I have 3D Touch on my iPhone. 😀

  • Jannik Guenther

    It actually works great if you really put some force in the fingerpress. Could need some fine tuning, but seems nice so far.

  • Gerardo Castro

    WatchOS2 is out.

  • Kei_Oz

    Sounds like it could be lead to numerous, frustrating mistaken presses. There should be a follow up article on the reliability of this tweak

    • Alberto Espinal

      Yep I installed it and got rid of it in one day of use, any press on the screen activated it it was annoying

  • Alberto Espinal

    I installed it and used It for a day and I uninstalled it, it was so annoying, it activated on me while performing any screen press even on the keyboard, good tweak though but it needs upgrades

    • Sounds like something the dev could easily fix.

      • Alberto Espinal

        I don’t think there’s not much he can do because the tweak is relying on touch not force due to the iPhone 6 capabilities

      • Blake

        I agree. It kept switching me to another app almost any time I pressed on the screen. I didn’t even have it one day and deleted it. Just does not work well at all.

      • I meant my comment more in the sense of how the force touch on the homescreen icons work. Not the pop stuff.

  • I always love tweaks that give older iPhones the ability to mimic features that are exclusive to the newest iPhones, and this tweak does exactly that !!

    • James

      not quite. a tweak can’t mimic siri, it can’t mimic touch id, and it can’t mimic 3d touch. what you end up getting are samsung-like implementations.

  • It doesn’t mimic anything until it works on iOS9 and shows you the native menu when holding down your finger without having 3D touch. Let’s hope the two can work together once that time is here!

  • Manuel Molina

    Jeff, I know you do your videos and then lay the voice after, but that video didn’t look like the tweak was working all that great, like you said it would with a roll or force touch. Lol.

  • Great opportunity for every one…… show you a fantastic ways to earn 314 dollars per day by finishing basic tasks from your house for few short hours a day — See more info by visiting >MY_DISQUS_ profil e

  • James

    Clever, but not as smooth as native implementation, which is why I don’t JB anymore: too many third-party developers in the pot.

  • Yaclexx

    With activador menus and clean sheets tweak you can have multiple assignments .
    I assigned this ( picture attached) menu when “pressing down” on the setting icon .